NEWARK, Del. – Led by junior Caitlin McCartney (Doylestown, Pa.) and sophomore Casey Lyons (Georgetown, Ontario, Canada), the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team used a strong second half to earn its fifth straight win with a 12-6 non-conference victory over Monmouth University at rainy Delaware Stadium Wednesday evening.

The Blue Hens, who also extended their home win streak to eight consecutive games, outscored the Hawks by an 8-3 margin in the second half to earn the victory.  The team's five-game winning streak is the longest since the 2007 season.

McCartney scored a game-high four goals, including three in the second half, to join the 100 Goal Club. McCartney also added an assist while Lyons tallied a pair of goals with three assists to mark her fifth straight game with at least five points.

Sophomores Shannon Hawley (Camillus, N.Y.) and Kara Dattellas (Camillus, N.Y.) each contributed two goals for Delaware while senior goalkeeper Tori Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y.) led the Blue Hens’ defense with five saves.

Senior Danielle Rakowitz and freshman Claudia LaMarca each scored twice to lead Monmouth (1-5) while junior Katie Donohoe posted 10 saves in the loss.

Head Coach Kateri Linville 
Overall thoughts: “We are excited to get a victory and get one on Senior Day. We had a lot of players contribute and different people step up. It was good to break away in the second half. I am very happy with our overall performance.”
On keys to the victory: “I think having more possession opportunities and gritty plays were key to our success. We also made some adjustments in the second half that were beneficial to us.”
Senior Chelsea Fay
On the win: “I think it was a team effort from the defense to the midfield to the attack, especially with the rain. We made some good plays and were able to put some goals in the back of the net.”
Senior Tori Zorovich
On the keys to the Blue Hens’ recent success: “We have a good winning streak going right now with a lot of momentum and we are getting better with every game and practice. We are just building every day.”
Senior Alex Alois
On stopping Monmouth: “I think this was just a team effort and we were able to play through the weather and the rain. We focused on our skills and did a good job of transferring the ball from the defense to the offense.”

     ·   The Blue Hens lead the all-time series against Monmouth by a 2-0 margin.
     ·   Delaware is now 24-24 (.500) all-time at Delaware Stadium.
     ·   Delaware has held an opponent under 10 goals in seven of its nine games this year, including each of the last six outings.
     ·   During the Blue Hens’ five-game win streak, they have outscored their opponents by a 74-33 margin.
     ·   The Blue Hens have now outscored their opponents in the second half by a 59-35 margin this year.
     ·   McCartney extended her point-scoring streak to 38 consecutive games while posting her sixth hat trick of the season.
     ·   The reigning Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week, Lyons has now posted 30 points in the last five games, scoring 19 goals with 11 assists. She is the first UD player to post five points in five consecutive games since Karen Emas had five straight games with at least seven points during the 1983 season.
     ·   Senior Chelsea Fay scored a goal on Wednesday night, upping her goal-scoring streak to 35 straight games.
     ·   Fay and McCartney have each reached the 100 goal mark in their careers in consecutive games.

     ·  Saturday, March 22 – Delaware at George Washington – 1 p.m. – GW Lacrosse Field (Washington, D.C.)
     ·  Sunday, March 30 – Delaware at Towson* – 1 p.m. – Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson, Md.)
     ·  Friday, April 4 – Drexel at Delaware* – 5 p.m. – Delaware Stadium (Newark, Del.)